Couple of nice beach days coming up and maybe the last chance for the kids to swim, surf or just hang out before school begins.  Meanwhile just about all of the 42 football-playing schools at the shore will be in action this weekend even before classes begin for most if not all. With Labor Day weekend being the regular start to the season this year and many teams wanting to stay away from the holiday (and traffic) there are actually 10 games being played tonight.  Highlighting the schedule will be an all-Toms River matchup in which the East Raiders visit the South Indians where Matt Martin makes his head coaching debut.

Another first-year coach is John Tierney at Pinelands with the Wildcats to host Point Beach while Jackson Liberty entertains Keansburg where Jim Reid makes his debut with the Titans. If you like the idea of Thursday night football then there are plenty of other games including Brick Memorial at Jackson Memorial.  These teams butted heads in some classic confrontations in the past when they were both part of the old “A South” division.  Brick will be home against Marlboro, Central heads to Howell, Point Boro will host Neptune, Barnegat goes north to Freehold Township, Ocean is home against Holmdel and Raritan visits Matawan.

There are also 7 games on Friday including Lacey at Donovan Catholic and the Saturday schedule features Toms River North versus Rumson in the Rumble on the Raritan at Rutgers while Manchester and new coach Tommy Farrell visits Lakewood.

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By the way Monmouth University makes its debut in the Colonial Athletic Conference tonight when they visit the University of New Hampshire.

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